Zan Parr Bar

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Zan Parr Bar
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Calf roping
Sire Par Three
Grandsire Three Bars (TB)
Dam Terry's Pal
Maternal grandsire Poco Astro
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1974
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Bobbie Silva
Owner Carol Rose
Bill Gibford
Other awards
AQHA Performance Register of Merit
AQHA Champion
AQHA Superior Halter Horse
Superior Steer Roping Horse
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Zan Parr Bar (1974–1987) was an American Quarter Horse stallion who excelled at halter and at calf roping, as well as being a famous sire of show horses.[1] He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association's (or AQHA) Hall of Fame in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Zan Parr Bar was a chestnut stallion sired by Par Three, a son of AQHA Hall of Fame member Three Bars, a Thoroughbred stallion. His dam was Terry's Pal, a daughter of Poco Astro.[2] He was bred by Bobbie Silva of Tulare, California and was foaled on April 30, 1974. At four months old he was bought by Bill Gibford, a professor at California Polytechnic State University, who named him Zan Parr Bar, with the Zan part of the name referring to the horse's distant ancestor Zantanon, and the Parr and Bar referring to Par Three and Three Bars.[3] At maturity, he stood 15.3 hands high and weighed 1250 pounds.[4]

Gibford showed Zan Parr Bar as a two-year-old in halter, earning a couple of Grand Champion titles as well as a few Reserve Grand Championships. While at a show in California, Texas breeder Carol Rose saw Zan Parr Bar, and tried to purchase him from Gibford, who had been her advisor at Cal Poly, but Gibford would not sell, only compromising at allowing Rose the right of first refusal if he ever did sell the horse. A month later, Gibford called Rose, and informed her that he was in fact entertaining offers for the stallion, and she immediately flew to California and finalized the deal for the horse.[3] As Rose put it, "I was on a plane at eight the next morning, there by three, and by 5:30, the deal was done. At six, someone else who'd made an offer showed up."[5]

Show career[edit]

Rose moved the stallion to Texas and her then husband Matlock Rose continued the horse's halter career. At the same time, Zan Parr Bar began showing western pleasure, earning 19 points in western pleasure with the AQHA by the end of 1977, enough for a Performance Register of Merit. In 1978, the stallion began showing in steer roping, earning a Superior Steer Roping horse title as well as an AQHA Champion title by the end of 1978.[6]

During his show career he earned an AQHA Champion, Performance Register of Merit, Superior Halter Horse and Superior Steer Roping Horse. He was the 1977 High Point Halter Stallion and World Champion Three Year Old Stallion. In 1979 he was the World Champion Aged Stallion in Halter as well as the High Point Steer Roping Horse. In 1980 he repeated as World Champion Aged Halter stallion.[2]

Breeding career[edit]

Zan Parr Bar retired from showing after 1980, becoming a full-time breeding stallion.[7] As a sire, he sired a number of World Champion horses, including Reprise Bar, Zan Parr Jack, and Zan Gold Jack.[2] Crossed with fellow Hall of Fame member Diamonds Sparkle, Zan Parr Bar produced Sparkles Rosezana, Zans Diamond Sun and Sparkles Suzana.[1] In total, he sired 652 foals out of 12 foal crops, with his foals earning 22 AQHA Champions, 31 World Champions titles, 6 Superior Halter titles, 204 Performance Register of Merits, and 143 Superior Performance titles in various disciplines.[3]

He died of Colitis X on November 25, 1987.[1] He was buried at the Southwest Stallion Station in Elgin, Texas.[8] He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2010.[1]


Midway (TB)
Percentage (TB)
Gossip Avenue (TB)
Three Bars (TB)
Luke McLuke (TB)
Myrtle Dee (TB)
Civil Maid (TB)
Par Three
Ed Echols
Annie Echols
Orphan Annie
Zan Parr Bar
Poco Danny
Poco Astro
Solo Mount
Terry's Pal
Semotan's Streak
Gold Raider
Dusty Dun


  1. ^ a b c d American Quarter Horse Foundation "Zan Parr Bar Hall of Fame Biography" American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
  2. ^ a b c Pitzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 157–159
  3. ^ a b c Mangum "Zan Parr Bar" Legends 4 pp. 32–33
  4. ^ Mangum "Zan Parr Bar" Legends 4 p. 36
  5. ^ Quoted in Mangum "Zan Parr Bar" Legends 4 p. 33
  6. ^ Mangum "Zan Parr Bar" Legends 4 p. 34
  7. ^ Mangum "Zan Parr Bar" Legends 4 p. 35
  8. ^ Mangum "Zan Parr Bar" Legends 4 p. 41


  • American Quarter Horse Foundation. "Zan Parr Bar Hall of Fame Biography" (pdf). American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  • Mangum, A. J. (2002). "Zan Parr Bar". In Larry Thorton; Holmes, Robert L.; Mike Boardman; Diana Ciarloni; Jim Goodhue; Gold, Alan D.; Sally Harrison; Betsy Lynch; AJ Mangum. Legends 4: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. pp. 32–41. ISBN 0-911647-49-X. 
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees.